Counting one hundred days of school

  • Published on January 13, 2017

With the commencement of the Australian school year still two weeks away, it might seem a bit early to be thinking about the 100th day. Let me assure you it’s not. It’s great to be ready to start counting from day one. However, if you miss the start, you can always go back and count the days on a calendar. For those of you in the US and UK, the one hundredth day will be coming up soon in February.

In Australia there are 200 school days in a year. So, once you have counted up to 100 days, you are half way through and can then count down the number of days remaining. The US and UK have fewer school days: 180 in the US and 190 in the UK; so they are more than half-way through by the time they reach their 100th days.

Whatever their year level, children are always excited to count the days to this milestone, and it provides wonderful opportunities for learning about number.

Several readilearn resources support you and your students as you count up to and celebrate one hundred days, including:

The interactive digital resource Busy Bees 100 chart is great for all your usual number board activities, and can be used to keep a count of how many days you’ve been at school. Simply display the resource at the beginning of each day and move the bee to the next number.

Just this week, I have uploaded a short video explaining how to use the resource. I am also including it here. I’d love to know what you think.


Each of these next three resources can be accessed individually or through the Busy Bees 100 chart.

Busy Bees celebrate 100 days of school suggests ways of counting the days, and of celebrating when the 100th day arrives. Suggestions include: count and collage 100 items and decorate a cake with 100 candles. There are party suggestions and an original game to play.

The explanatory Celebrating 100 days of school – Letter to parents suggests items that may be suitable for children to bring in and count as part of the 100 days celebration. It is a Word document that can be personalised with your name and class before printing and distributing.

Collect 100 flowers for Busy Bee – a counting game  reinforces understanding of numbers to 100. It involves children in taking turns, rolling a dice, making tallies, counting to 100, and adding or counting tallies. Played alone or with others, it is ideal as a maths group activity.

Depending on the ages and abilities of your students, you may also wish to use the following resources to teach an understanding of place value:

Beginning place value – the train game Success in maths is dependent upon a good understanding of number and our decimal number system. This resource describes a fun but effective way of ensuring that children develop an understanding of place value.

Race to 99 – A place value game for maths groups This sheet explains how to play a 2-digit place value game which is ideal for practice during maths groups.

Let’s read 2-digit numbers This interactive resource is designed for reviewing understanding of tens and ones in 2-digit numbers. Children observe the number of tens and ones and choose the correct 2-digit number from those presented.

Browse the Mathematics Number category for other resources useful in developing an understanding of number.

In last week’s post, I wrote about the importance of establishing a welcoming classroom environment and announced that I would soon be unloading two new resources to assist that process. I’m pleased to say they are now ready to use.

me and my friends

In Me and My friends children interview each other to find out ways in which they are similar to and different from each other. While it is important to recognise that each child is unique, as they get to know each other, children will come to realise that they have some characteristics in common with others, and some that differ. Those characteristics do not make them better or worse. They make them who they are.

It may be surprise them that, no matter how diverse the population, they will have much in common. Conversely, no matter how seemingly uniform the population, each will differ from others in many ways. Getting to know each other helps children develop an appreciation for both our diversity and the commonality that we share.

Getting to know you surveys are also great for teachers and children getting to know each other at the beginning of the year. Suitable topics occur across the curriculum and are limited only by your imagination. With the incidental development of literacy and mathematical skills, they make an all-round great introduction to school.

The surveys included in this free resource include things such as What is your favourite colour? How old are you? and How many people are in your family?

I hope you and your children enjoy using these resources. I’ll see you next week with an interview with the wonderful illustrator Helene Magisson.  In the meantime, enjoy the weekend.

Thank you for reading.

Happy teaching and learning,



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    This is one of the most exciting math activities for young children. They are vested in their 100 days at school, so math activities come alive. Thank you, Norah!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Jennie. Yes, children do love counting those days. What is great about getting to 100, is that there are fewer than 100 left to count back! When is your 100th day in the US?

    Early February. I don’t know the date off the top of my head as it’s a kindergarten activity. They throw a 100-Day party, with each child creating something made out of 100 objects (a Lego structure, pom-poms glued on big letters, etc) on display for the whole school to see.

    Thanks, Jennie. I thought it was coming up soon. It’s funny how you’re getting to your 100th day when our school year is just starting. It is a great celebration with many opportunities for learning.

    It is funny. Our school year matches the calendar year. We also have more school days than you. Ours number 200, so 100 is right in the middle. Bring on the party alright – any party will do! 🙂

    I love the video, clearly showing how to use the interactive number board but also the drop-down menu of other, related, resources. One of my favorite parts of your math video is asking children to explain their answers. It doesn’t tell them they are right or wrong but helps you understand why they chose the answer and helps them “express and clarify their mathematical thinking”. Fantastic.

    Thank you, Sarah. I very much appreciate your enthusiasm. I’m pleased you found the video, and the suggestion to discuss children’s mathematical thinking, useful.

    I really do find that useful and wish I had started a bit earlier with my own children. I always ask (now) to explain how they got answers but, I’m afraid, the many years of being marked “right” or “wrong” have taken their toll. Hopefully I can turn it around. *fingers crossed* It’s never too late? 😉 Thanks!

    It’s never too late! I’m sure you’ll have many wonderful mathematical conversations. Enjoy!

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